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FY Common Read Program
During the summer between high school graduation and coming to college, we ask that you take some time to complete a FY Common Read program selection. This program was created for incoming first year students to help ease the transition to college by creating a shared reading experience that will help you connect with other students, faculty and staff at Curry College. The 2016 Common Read book is Cycle of Hope by Tricia Downing.
Strength. Courage. Perseverance. At thirty-one, Tricia Downing was in the best shape of her life. In the summer of 2000, Tricia, an avid cyclist, drove across the country for what amounted to eighteen races in twenty-three days. She returned from her adventure to a fresh start: a new job awaited her, and, determined to make the next summer the year she would make her mark on the world of cycling, she began a rigorous training strategy. But on September 17, 2000, Tricia Downing's life took a detour. While training on her bicycle one sunny Colorado afternoon, Tricia collides with a car that turns directly in her path, and instantly becomes paralyzed from the chest down. As a competitive road and track cyclist and lifelong athlete, losing the use of her legs is devastating on all accounts. As she re-learns to do everything from sitting straight up to navigating through her house in a wheelchair to returning to work and operating a handcycle, her grueling recovery takes her to the very core of her athletic mettle. This inner strength helps her to not only learn how to live life as a paraplegic-a label that takes time to grow accustomed to-but to have the courage to return to the competitive sport she loves and almost lost. Determined to live life on her terms, Tricia turns her misfortune into opportunity, and is now a wheelchair racer, competing regularly in triathlons around the globe. Cycle of Hope chronicles Tricia's journey from the first terrifying moments of impact with the car through rehab and her emergence as a world-class athlete.
Students will be given the 2016 book and a brief introduction at the new student orientation sessions in June. Following these sessions, students are tasked to read the book carefully throughout the summer and use discussion questions to better understand and deepen their knowledge of the book. Upon return to campus in the fall, First-Year students will write a response to the book to be included in their E-Portfolio as well as participate in a discussion of the book in small groups along with a variety of other co-curricular programs related to the themes and topics in the book. This gives them an opportunity to share their views on the book and the events that took place in it both with other students and with members of the faculty and staff.
If you have any questions about the FY Common Read program, please contact Dr. Si Pearman, First Year Coordinator.